Daniel Kitson

Opinion: The Couldn't Give A Shit Schtick

I turned on the radio yesterday afternoon and heard a comedian telling people not to go to his gig. It was James Acaster on Radio 5 and while he was there ostensibly to plug his extended Soho Theatre run, you could almost hear the cogs in his brain whirring as he suddenly realised that with the DJ bigging him up so much he might be attracting gangs of Doreen-from-accounts-in-deely-boppers drunken Christmas office parties to his show.

Review: A Show For Christmas By Daniel Kitson

Oh no. It’s another one of his stories about a lonely young person and a lonely old person finding something in common. But Daniel Kitson’s Christmas story is different. Sort of. And if you don’t want to read about it or don’t have time just jump to the very last word and save us all a heap of bother.

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Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Dec 1 - Dec 7

Talk about a perfect storm. If you are a comedy fan in London tonight (Monday) you really are spoilt for choice. It’s one of those days where everything seems to be happening at once. Luckily some of these shows are extended runs, so if you work out your calender with military precision and can afford it, you might be able to get to a few of these.

News: Daniel Kitson Performs Tree In London

Daniel Kitson is to perform his acclaimed two-hander Tree in London. The performances will take place at the Old Vic from January 5 - 31, 2015.

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News: Daniel Kitson Busts Another Box Office

Tickets for Daniel Kitson’s six December dates at the Battersea Arts Centre went on sale at noon today and immediately sold out. The venue's online booking system struggled to keep up with the sheer volume of enquiries. All 3240 £12 tickets for the performances in the Grand Hall from December 1 - 6 were sold. The box office staff manning the phones also battled to deal with telephone bookings.

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News: Daniel Kitson Christmas Show

Daniel Kitson is doing a Christmas show at the Battersea Arts Centre. The show will run from Dec 1 - 6. Tickets go on sale at noon on October 22.

Kitson confirmed the show in his latest newsletter, adding that "details about the show are, at this early autumnal stage, predictably vague - I really don’t know what it will be apart from the fact that it will absolutely, in some way - be a Christmas Show." He adds on the BAC website "I may wear a costume and there might be snow in it."

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Opinion: Calculating The Value Of A Comedy Gig

There has been a lot of coverage in the past few days about the comedy club in Barcelona where they are trying out a pay-per-laugh policy. There are a few things that bother me about this. Apart form the fact that I have no earthly idea how it is going to work. Presumably some kind of camera has to be trained on the face? What if the comedy fan is wearing a niqab?

Review: Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee & More, Palace Theatre

It is hard to believe but there have been mutterings of a Daniel Kitson backlash. His latest theatre piece, Analog.Ue was not greeted by the usual ecstatic reviews. Maybe - though I fully expect he would deny it – that is why he has been getting back to his first love of stand-up recently, compering a number of benefits with a few more in the pipeline. This really is what he does best. As he jokily boasted onstage at the Palace Theatre last night, he is, after all, the finest comedian of his generation. 

Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Oct 6 - 12

It’s a good week for charity gigs and a good week for Daniel Kitson fans too. Kitson’s most recent theatre piece, Analog.Ue, had good reviews but not the usual ecstatic reviews last year. Maybe some people were wishing they could see him at his stand-up best.

Edinburgh Preview: Everyone's A Winner

I know that Edinburgh should be about looking forward rather than looking back, but 2014 may be the year that more previous Edinburgh Comedy Award winners are appearing at the Festival than ever before. Of course, there are more Edinburgh Comedy Award winners than ever before, but there does seem to be a plethora of them returning. Is it to cash in on their fame? Is it to show the young whippersnappers how it’s done? Is it just sentiment and trying to recapture the spirit they had when it all began? Is it all that and more?

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